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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Istanbul Saturday for talks with Turkey, likely centered on the crisis in Syria situation. Turkey faces intense conflict at its border, and worries about Kurdish influence in a destabilized Syria.
A daily wrap-up of Olympics news.
The much-celebrated Mars rover Curiosity is headed for Mount Sharp, where it will help scientists explore the question of life on Mars as it climbs up and up. Meanwhile, NASA's budget for planetary exploration is slated to go down, down, down. Curiosity is the latest in a long trajectory of missions that have allowed humanity to study Mars more extensively than any other planet apart from our own. Although astronauts brought back thousands of moon rocks during the Apollo Mission, there's never been a sample of Martian material returned to Earth. Such a mission is considered a top priority, so that scientists can do more detailed chemical analyses. But it may not happen anytime soon -- in the near term, it's unclear what NASA else will be able to do on the surface of Mars with the budget constraints facing the space agency.
In the age of Instagram and smartphones, it seems anyone can be an artist. Add a filter to your cluttered concert photo and the image suddenly transforms into a nostalgic, moody scene straight out of Rolling Stone. The trend playing out on social media is a reflection of what's been going on in the commercial and fine art photography world over the last decade. The digital age has made it possible for artists to bring life to images that previously existed only in their imaginations. But how do you identify true art when the options are limitless?
His friends used to call him "Hoss," as in Hoss Cartwright from the TV show "Bonanza." At 6'2" and roughly 380 pounds, Mark Rucker once resembled the big, friendly character.
Now, they call him "The Beast." The nickname is apt. Since February 2011, Rucker has run his first 5K, his first 10K, his first half-marathon and his first marathon. He's completed an Olympic-distance triathlon and lost more than 100 pounds. And on August 26, he'll participate in his first full-length Ironman competition in Louisville, Kentucky.
Final wrap of the Olympics, including top highlights from the London Games.
The Olympic Games exemplify humanity's on-going quest to go beyond our usual limitations and be god-like, Christian author Joe Laconte says.
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